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Need some help LiveScope Guru's #14138830 09/23/21 04:39 PM
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Finally getting everything ready to purchase a live scope unit.

Give me what your thinking is the best set up and unit? Looking for a 10" or 12" model and pole mounted.
On the fence if I just want to go chartplotter or go ahead and get the full unit with sonar and all.


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14138921 09/23/21 06:37 PM
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Go big! and budget a solid mount to get the unit high up close to your eyes (like a Beatdown outdoors!).

do you have any other garmin electronics like the Force or other graphs? If not, the cheapest solution is probably a 1222 GPSMAP garmin (barebones unit).


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14138930 09/23/21 06:48 PM
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`Nope. No other Garmin units. Just me an ultrex and a skeeter


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14138963 09/23/21 07:25 PM
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I have the 1022. It is awesome. If all you will be using it for is livescope because it doesn't have side imaging. I just use mine for livescope. I was told they were better because the processors don't have to process a bunch of other stuff, don't know if that's true or not, kind of doubt it because I have not heard any complaints from any others but that is the cheapest 10 inch.


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14139036 09/23/21 08:33 PM
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The 1022 works great for me.

Plenty of options now for mounting the unit but I agree with Dude, get the unit up off the deck at least 12-15" closer to your eyes. You can see the image better and not bent over looking at the screen.

Also plenty of options for mounting the transducer if you're not mounting it on the TM shaft. Several mfgs of separate pole mounts and some like All Aboard Marine https://allaboardmarine.com that mount to the Ultrex. The All Aboard Marine unit has a nice twist handle so you're not swinging and chasing the handle around.


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14139078 09/23/21 09:28 PM
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1022 or 1222 is probably the route I will be going, but I may want to spend the extra money for the sonar unit, just in case I get a hankering to use it for a single up front graph.


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Ken Gaby] #14139113 09/23/21 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Ken Gaby
The 1022 works great for me.

Plenty of options now for mounting the unit but I agree with Dude, get the unit up off the deck at least 12-15" closer to your eyes. You can see the image better and not bent over looking at the screen.

Also plenty of options for mounting the transducer if you're not mounting it on the TM shaft. Several mfgs of separate pole mounts and some like All Aboard Marine https://allaboardmarine.com that mount to the Ultrex. The All Aboard Marine unit has a nice twist handle so you're not swinging and chasing the handle around.


Now the mount for the livescope is a WHOLE other debate! i would always suggest starting with it on your trolling motor shaft and see how you like it. I have the all-aboard all-sync which i think is the best of both worlds even though it adds some weight to the troller. I've got the 1022 as well and a 12 would be nice, but i don't think i need it.


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14139217 09/24/21 12:07 AM
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1022 and no pole, just mount it to the ultrex, but make sure and run 10 ga wire, they suck the power, There are about 5 times a day I wished I had it mounted on a pole, but the more you use it the better you just get use to it. Even Josh Jones who is the best at Livescope mounts his to his Ultrex.

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I already have Lowrance up front, but if I didn't I'd do the upgrade for the graph and mapping up front.

Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: David Welcher] #14139882 09/24/21 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by David Welcher
I already have Lowrance up front, but if I didn't I'd do the upgrade for the graph and mapping up front.


Already have a lowrance up front so Iā€™m good there

Given Iā€™m still rocking the LCX-27


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14140787 09/25/21 05:58 PM
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This is easy. Call David Goodson at Shut Up And Fish. Tell him what you're looking to do. He is the 'resident expert' on Livescope in DFW. 972-623-7066


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Re: Need some help LiveScope Guru's [Re: Fish Killer] #14142632 09/27/21 03:49 PM
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Well i pulled the trigger on the 1022. Hopefully it will be here early this week, so i can start mocking up what I am wanting to do.

More than likely for right now I am goin to mount it in a cooler, so it will be portable and then have a separate pole that will mount off a ram mount or if i can make it work to the boat cleat.

I have two boats, my bass boat and then i have a Tracker Crappie pro that i use for Crappie and catfish.

If i can find another Ultrex mount then i will swap the trolling motor back and forth depending on which boat I am in.

I have already cut out a couple of mounting plates on my CNC Plasma cutter that mount to the Ultrex for buddies that built their own poles.


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I didnt want to drill holes in the gunwale of my alumium boat, so I used a custom made clamp mount.
I used a plastic ammo box, and attached a carrying strap off of a luggage box. it is hard to carry the box and the poleducer together without the strap, because the box handles are on the side of the box.
im running an 18 amp hour dakota lithium because livescopes draw abt 500 watts. livescope module is bolted to the side of the box, and battery is velcro down. I keep the charger in the box, and plug it in when needed.
my other boat is fiberglass and I just mounted another ram ball mount onto it., I dont remove the clamp mount off of my aluminum boat it stay on that boat and I just mount the poleducer on what ever boat im using that day.
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the clamp mount is awesome, very solid and strong, I may eventually cut the tightening bolts down some, so they dont stick out as far or make some shorter ones, and keep the longer ones in case I ever decide to mount it to a different boat with a wider gunwale.
The clamp will fit virtually any boat with a gunwale. the pads that sit against the gunwale are on a moveable hinge, so it conforms to any angle.
I mounted the slotted plate on top, to give side to side adjustment capability so I can position the livescope pole exactly where I want it.

also I am new to livescope, far from a Guru, but getting it dialed in slowly. biggest thing that I found that needs to be adjusted is the color gain. it comes from the preset at 50 percent, and is not enough for the lakes Im fishing. 72 to 80 seems to make a huge difference.

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I like what you have done there. Helps me start game planning for what Iā€™m gonna have to do.
The gunwale mount give me a good idea on the tin boat. On the skeeter I will just screw a ball down to the carpeted deck.

Not sure on the battery supply yet. May go with tool batteries since I have a bunch of those,


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